I, Roommate
Episode 3 of 9 within Season One : FOX. Item 3 of 145 overall.
Production number 1ACV03.
Eric Horsted - Writer
Bret Haaland - Director
8.34
84 votes

Everyone is sick of Fry living at Planet Express, so he is forced to move out to become Bender's roommate. The only catch is that Bender's apartment is too small for the two of them.

Meanwhile, after some searching they find a great apartment. A problem arises when Bender's antenna interferes with the TV reception. Bender decides to cut off his antenna so that he can live with Fry again.

However he doesn't feel right without it, so he decides to leave and go back to his old apartment where he feels lonely. Leela convinces Fry to going back to the "small" apartment.

original airdate--April 06,1999    rating--5.7 million  

network--Fox

music--"Theme from Futurama" by Christopher Tyng

 

opening cartoon--Porky Pig in "Baby Bottleneck"

opening subtitle--As Seen On TV

Allusions:

  • In the shower, Fry sings part of the Looney Tunes theme music (indeed, the opening sequence contained a clip from Baby Bottleneck).
  • Fry hitting the TV and going "Aaaay" when it turns on is a reference to Fonzie from Happy Days, who used to do the same thing with a jukebox (and making the same two-thumbs-up gesture).
  • Bender and Fry's "Moving In" montage is a reference to "The Odd Couple."
  • Bender bending the clock and putting it on the edge of the table is a reference to Salvador Dalí's painting, The Persistence of Memory.

Goofs (14)--When the crew are leaving Fry's new apartment, Amy slips on the banana skin again and falls over, and for some reason Fry tries to shut the door without her leaving. Maybe it was easier than drawing her getting up, but still worth a look.

  • When Fry and Bender are furnishing their new apartment, Bender drops his cigar on the floor. It's still lit, but no smoke is coming from it even after Fry takes a puff.
  • When the landlady is trying to find the source of the interference, there is a pile of Bender's beer cans lying next to a pizza box, but when the team were watching TV beforehand, no cans were visible.

Easter Eggs: On the main menu for Season 1 Disc 1 press right to highlight the limo. Press enter to view the film poster for the film 'Planet of the Clams'.

On the second disc of Season One on the Main Menu, highlight "fear of a bot planet" and click up which highlights a slurm truck. Then press enter to see a movie poster.

On the third disc of Season One on the main menu, highlight "fry and the slurm factory" and press right on DVD remote. Press enter to see movie poster.

 

"Pizza delivery boy and major underachieving loser, Philip J. Fry, is cryogenically frozen by accident on New Year's Eve, 1999 and re-awakened 1000 years later in the 31st century".

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Previous episode :
002 The Series Has Landed
Next episode :
004 Love's Labors Lost in Space

regional titles

Dutch
Ik, kamergenoot
English
I, Roommate
French
Le Colocataire
German
Wohnungssuche in Neu-New York
Irish
I, Roommate
Italian
Io, coinquilino
Spanish
Yo, Compaņero de Piso